Candy Lips: My Lipstick Collection

From L to R: MAC Myth, MAC Blankety, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Liberte, YSL Rouge Volupte Lingerie Pink, MAC Viva Glam Gaga I, MAC Quite Cute, YSL Rouge Volupte Frivolous Pink, YSL Rouge Volupte Fetish Pink, MAC Candy Yum Yum

If there is something you should know about me regarding lip colour, it’s this: I only wear pink or nude.  I hate to say it but I really think that dark colours, reds, etc. don’t look good on me.  I would totally pull off a hot pink lip confidently, but if I were to wear a bold red one, forget it.  I’m just not comfortable with it.   So here is my collection.  These are the colours that I reach for most often and my most recent shades.  I have a ton of other lipsticks that are pretty old which I wear every once in a while, but these are the colours that are on regular rotation.

Alright, so when it comes to lipsticks for me, like I mentioned before, I gravitate towards pink colours and nudes.  I like my ‘sticks to have good payoff and a unique shade.  The hotter the better.  As for my nudes, I want it one of two ways, one being concealer on lips (MAC’s Myth) or an everyday “I’m wearing lipstick but it’s not that noticeable” kind of shade. Nude colours are perfect for lazy days or office jobs.  My favourite shades of nude are Myth and Blankety, both by MAC.  Blankety, although it looks brown in the tube, is a nice neutral colour, it adds a bit of life to you compared to what Myth does. As for pinks, I am obsessed with baby pinks, MAC Viva Glam Gaga I, Saint Germain and YSL Rouge Volupte #7 Lingerie Pink (which are more of like porn star pinks).  I also love hot pinks a la MAC Candy Yum Yum and YSL Rouge Volupte #8 Fetish Pink.  And then I have the plain old “work-appropriate” pinks which are like neutral pinks like YSL Rouge Volupte #19 Frivolous Pink. To round out my collection I also have a few random colours like MAC’s Quite Cute (a white-lavender shade) and Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine in Liberte which is a coral colour (shocking I know, I never wear coral.  I’m still trying to adjust).

Alright, so what do I look for when choosing a new lipstick?  Colour, colour payoff, and other little “bonuses”. For example, YSL lipsticks (my favourites) smell like mangos and literally glide on your lips and are the creamiest lipsticks I have ever come across. They are quite pricey (at $34 USD, $37 CDN I think, a pop) but to me, they are so worth it.  Also, they don’t sell them in my city so whenever I travel I grab one so then I don’t feel that guilty. As for the rest of my colours, I really like MAC lipsticks, there are a variety of different shades, in different textures, colour payoffs, and more.  With MAC you can get a sheer, glossy lipstick (Cremesheens like Quite Cute), or a creamy crazy colour payoff one (Amplified ones like Blankety or Saint Germain), or a pigment-rich shade with absolutely no shine (Matte colours like Candy Yum Yum or Myth).  Check out Nordstrom’s guide to MAC lipsticks here.

Honestly, it may look like I have 10 lipsticks that are the same colour, but trust me, they all apply differently, some have shine, some are brighter than others, etc.  They may look the same, but there are a variety of factors that make them different.   So how do you choose the perfect colour for you?  Well, it depends on a variety of different factors.  Don’t just buy the colour if you love the shade. Sure, I love the look of orange lipstick, but trust me, I’ve tried it and it makes me look like a clown.  Take a look at your skin tone, hair colour, face structure, etc.  There are a number of different things to take into consideration when choosing the perfect colour for you.  I’m no expert on this topic, but if you do a quick Google search on it I’m sure you will find a number of different hits that will help you find your perfect shade. What are your favourite lipstick colours and brands?  Leave a comment below.

Shades of Fall

From left to right: OPI You Don't Know Jacques!, OPI A Little Rosti At This, OPI William Tell Me About OPI, Essie Sand Tropez, Spa Ritual Sacred Ground

It’s my favourite time of the year! Forget summer, forget Christmas time, I am in love with fall.  Everything from the crisp smell in the morning, the falling yellow leaves, Ugg boots, jeans, hoodies, plaid; I love absolutely everything that fall has to offer.  This season is the transition from daylight at 8 p.m. to sundown at 5:30, so naturally fall brings darker colours.

Just like how you would wear black tights with dark coloured boots, I love dark colours on my nails.  For me, fall is all about dark shades, winter is full of glitter, spring brings pastels, and summer screams bright colours.  I am totally obsessing over dark purples right now, I am actually wearing OPI’s William Tell Me About OPI, a super dark purple colour that looks like black in some light, on my nails as I type this.  I am obsessed.  It’s such a pretty dark colour that screams fall to me. The other colours I love for fall are reds (even though I’m not usually a red fan), silvers, nudes (like Essie’s Sand Tropez, which isn’t a dark colour but it’s a neutral shade so you could wear it year round), and shades similar to You Don’t Know Jacques.  Also, as a side note, metallic shades are totally hot for the nails this season, so a colour like Spa Ritual’s Sacred Ground (the grey colour pictured above) is totally on trend.

So those are my favourite colours for fall, what are some of yours?

Also, totally off topic, but I got my hair done. Finally!  I have been wanting to go lighter for a long time now, but a few months ago I got my hair re-dyed and instead of putting in dark brown she put in black which is hard to lift. Anyways long story short, everywhere I went they told me I needed a colour corrector which is super expensive and kind of damaging to your hair.  Well get this, when I finally got my hair done on Tuesday, my stylist said that I didn’t need the corrector.  Yay!  I was so happy, dodged that bullet! Also, don’t forget to subscribe!  I decided that once I hit 100 subs I will hold a giveaway!  You can subscribe below :).

Tone Up: Reebok TrainTone Runners

I like to consider myself a bit of a gym-aholic.  I go to the gym five days a week and if I miss a day I’m all out of whack.  Fitness is very important to me, not only for the physical benefits, but also for the mental ones.  I love the feeling you get fresh out of a workout.  Knowing that you did something good for yourself is the best high you can get in my opinion.  So the right equipment, to me, is very important. Between my Lululemon and Joe Fresh workout gear I have to have good runners.  For the longest time I had these Lacoste runners that had one huge velcro strap instead of laces; I didn’t know the importance of good workout shoes.  Well, the Lacoste runners were a bit narrow at the ends and it caused my toes to hurt after a while so I invested in a pair of Adidas runners.

About half a year ago I made a day trip down to the states and I went to T.J. Maxx.  Whenever I’m at a discount department store (whether it’s Winners or T.J. Maxx) I always check out the handbags, accessories, makeup/hair products, then shoes (usually in that order).  You can find some real gems at discount department stores with some items close to 70 per cent off the retail price. So, imagine my surprise when I stumbled across a pair of Reebok TrainTone runners, which retail for close to $100 Canadian, and they were $40 USD.  I didn’t really need another pair of runners because I had my Adidas ones but I had heard a lot of things about these and really wanted to try them.  Needless to say, I snatched them.

I’ve always been skeptical about these ‘training’ runners. Reebok claims that the runners will help tone your butt and legs from the “balance ball-inspired pods with moving air technology”. I just didn’t get how these runners could possibly help you get a toned pair of stems and backside simply from walking.  Well, neither did the FTC who says that Reebok’s 2009 ads for the product didn’t have scientific research to back up their claims.

It was announced today that Reebok has agreed to pay back $25 million to settle charges that it made in advertisements from 2009 that claimed that the shoes strengthened hamstrings and calves by up to 11 per cent and toned your butt by 28 per cent more than regular runners.  Who will get that money you ask?  The consumers who bought the products.  The Tone line of shoes come in a variety of different ‘styles’ which are designed for different activities.  There is RunTone, EasyTone, EasyTone Flip (don’t ask me what the difference is), JumpTone, SimplyTone,  and SlimTone.  There is also a variety of different clothing items that are in the Tone line as well (I’ve seen the pants and were interested in them but I just didn’t get how they could tone you up).  If you bought any item from the Tone line of products, visit their refund website here to get your money back.  I filled out the form, but I’m really hoping that you don’t have to send them the shoes because despite all made-up claims, I really do like them. Like the Sketchers Shape-Ups (which I hate the style of by the way, they look like orthopedic shoes), I just didn’t believe that they did what they said. But for the $40 that I paid of them, I figured why not give them a try.  Well, I have to say, scientific research or not, these things work.  As skeptical as I was, after a good run I felt some pain in my glutes and inside upper thighs. Like I mentioned at the beginning, I work out a lot and I don’t really get too sore anymore, but wow, I could feel that these things actually work.   I also brought the runners along to Vegas with me this past August because I knew I was going to do a lot of walking and nothing is worse than having sore feet on vacation.  After a full day of walking, my calves were burning and it had to be from the runners.  As much as I didn’t believe these shoes could work, you really do feel some results.

Now of course you can’t use them for every activity.  I made the mistake of wearing them to a Group Power class (weight lifting) and they are not good for balance at all.  Because you are basically walking on two mini half balance balls per foot, doing dynamic lunges is a bad idea.  I was falling all over the place.  If you are going to invest in these runners make sure you are using them properly to get the most effect.  I would recommend either walking with them or running, I felt the most pain the next day from those two activites.  Also, with that being said, I mean you are going to have to do a lot more than just wear these shoes to get a body like the model’s in the advertisements, but hey, sex sells right?

It’s a shame that Reebok got into hot water for claims that they couldn’t back up, however, I’m not complaining, if I can get a refund on them (and hopefully keep them) then that would be awesome.  Either way, they are totally worth it.  They seem like one of those things that are too good to be true, but with enough wear you could probably get some pretty toned-up legs.

Have you tried Reebok’s Tone line of sneakers?  What were your thoughts? Did they work for you?

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